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Subject: Re: [boost] [filesystem] Version 3 request for comments
From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-13 09:29:22

On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM, Beman Dawes <bdawes_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> Cygwin is also a concern because of lack of standard library wchar_t
> support. I'm trying to get more information from the Cygwin/gcc
> maintainers, but no response so far.

I've gotten in contact with the Cygwin and Newlib maintainers, who
turn out to be much the same people. Turns out there is very little
remaining work to get wide character support into cygwin/gcc. The
holdup appears to be lack of volunteer's time rather than any
technical problems. It is really just a matter of copying a very few
functions from FreeBSD and getting them to compile in the newlib
environment. I tried that yesterday with one of the largest functions
and had it compiling in an hour so so. The biggest problem is, no
surprise, trying to get their build system to work. I'm still working
on that, but at least I now know where to ask questions and get

Bottom line is that it really does appear easier to get wide character
support working in Cygwin/gcc than to continue to have to build
workarounds into Boost code.


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